Ms. Nirmala Sankaran

Co-Founder , HeyMath!

Achiever's Success Story

Making Mathematics Zest

Nirmala Sankaran is one of the Founders of HeyMath! – a pioneer in Online Math education with a footprint in India, Singapore and South Africa. Developed since 2000 in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, HeyMath’s mission is to up skill teachers and enable success for every student through engaging teaching methodologies and personalized learning paths.

Foreign Affairs columnist, Thomas Friedman, quoted HeyMath! as an example of Globalization in Education in his bestseller ‘The World is Flat’ and thereafter wrote in his NY Times op-ed “HeyMath’s vision is to be the Math Google – to establish a platform that enables every student and teacher to learn from the ‘best teachers in the world’ and to also be able to benchmark themselves against their peers globally”. HeyMath! has positively impacted over a million students and 5000 teachers globally.

Prior to HeyMath!, Nirmala worked for over 10 years in product development at Citibank in India, Bahrain and the UK. Nirmala completed her MBA at IIM Bangalore and graduated from Delhi University’s Shri Ram College of Commerce.

Nirmala is President of the Stanford Seed Transformation Network (STN) India, an initiative of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. STN is a powerful community of 160 MSME entrepreneurs, spanning incredibly diverse sectors in South Asia, employing 25000 people and a combined turnover of 3600 crores.

Nirmala is passionate about developing women leaders, mentoring entrepreneurs and students. She launched IIM Bangalore’s Women start up program – a joint initiative between NSRCEL, Department of Science and Technology (DST) & Goldman Sachs. She is a mentor at IIM Bangalore’s incubation center and IIM Udaipur’s Accelerator program. She speaks regularly on global platforms on The Future of Education, Entrepreneurship and Leadership for the 21st century. Nirmala thrives on travel, cricket and problem solving.

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